As Israel celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut, its Independence Day, J Street released the following statement:
"Today, we proudly join President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli people in marking the 61st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and in honoring the country’s founders. Click here to read more.
"After 61 years, there is so much to celebrate in the country’s myriad accomplishments and there is also much that remains to be done to fulfill the vision of Israel’s founders of a secure, Jewish, and democratic homeland.
"As we celebrate this remarkable day, we hope that the 62nd year of Israel’s existence will be remembered as the time when Israelis completed the task of building their state by finalizing its borders and reaching a resolution of the long-standing conflicts with its neighbors. Only a concerted effort to resolve these conflicts peacefully and diplomatically - backed by strong US leadership - will fully achieve the vision of true peace and prosperity set out by Israel’s founders 61 years ago."